Dragon Keeper

Dragon Keeper

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by Carole Wilkinson
     
 

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In ancient China during the Han Dynasty, a young slave toils away in a castle for a cruel master. The nameless orphan is hopeless and lonely, until, in a moment of startling bravery, she comes to the aide of an aging dragon. With this heroic act, the orphan discovers her destiny as a Dragon Keeper, a role that will change the course of her life. Together the novice

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In ancient China during the Han Dynasty, a young slave toils away in a castle for a cruel master. The nameless orphan is hopeless and lonely, until, in a moment of startling bravery, she comes to the aide of an aging dragon. With this heroic act, the orphan discovers her destiny as a Dragon Keeper, a role that will change the course of her life. Together the novice Dragon Keeper and the elderly dragon begin a dangerous journey across China in order to protect a mysterious stone that is vital to the dragon's legacy. While being pursued by dragon hunters and other villains, the pair form a unique bond as they strive to complete their quest.

Nominated for the Children's Book Council of Australia Awards short list, Dragon Keeper is the story of the magical and majestic world of dragons, the power of believing in oneself, and the meaning of courage.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-An action-packed adventure set in China in 141 B.C. In a remote western palace, Ping, a slave girl of unknown origin, serves the emperor's Dragon Keeper, an incompetent drunkard who neglects the two last-known dragons in his charge. When one of them dies and an evil hunter threatens to kill the other for his magical body parts, the old dragon, Danzi, escapes with the girl. He entrusts Ping with his precious and beautiful purple stone, which he is determined to take to the ocean. As they make their long journey east, Ping develops plausibly from a terrified, abused child into a confident young woman who truly deserves the official title of Dragon Keeper. Beset with self-doubt, often making mistakes, she slowly becomes aware of her innate powers, which includes second sight. The plot twists and turns, cinematic action comes in bursts, and villains are vile, while Danzi, Ping, and her pet rat are heroic, appealing companions who can fight or scheme their way out of every tight spot. Danzi sometimes speaks like a Daoist philosopher, but his telepathic communication with Ping too often resembles the truncated phrases of a Chinese speaker still learning English. That said, the dramatic plot and competently crafted writing make this a good choice for voracious readers of fantasy, especially those who have enjoyed Anne McCaffrey's dragon fantasies. The ending, though satisfying, makes way for a sequel.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this award-winning but uneven import, a young slave, her pet rat and a very old dragon flee across the ancient empire of the Han. Fugitives from a remote Imperial Palace, Ping, furry Hua and frail Long Danzi, last of the Emperor's captive dragons, set out for the ocean, carrying a "Dragon Stone" with which Danzi is strangely obsessed. Repeatedly getting each other out of scrapes along the way, Ping develops a great attachment to her terse, grumpy companion, while discovering within herself both latent magical powers and the resourcefulness to carry on when, at journey's end, Danzi and Hua leave her alone. Not quite alone: readers will figure out long before she does what the Dragon Stone really is. Though Wilkinson barely sketches in the historical setting, and mishandles the plot-dropping one scary pursuer abruptly and setting up a climactic battle with another by having Danzi commit a seriously against-type betrayal-she throws an engrossing barrage of challenges and reversals of fortune at her trio of well-drawn travelers, and all three acquit themselves well. (Fantasy. 11-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786855810
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Wilkinson was born in Derby, England and moved to Australia when she was 12. She lives in Melbourne, with her husband and daughter. She is the award-winning author of over a dozen books.

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Dragon Keeper 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A young slave girl living in China with her evil master is supposed to feed the dragons. But one day she forgets and a dragon dies. The young girl sets out with the dragon to save his egg. During their journey to bring the egg to a safe hatching place, they are followed by dragon hunters and spies. This is a story about friendship and bravery. I highly recommend this book to all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dragon Keeper is about a girl named Ping, a draon named Danzi, and a rat named Hua. They are on a quest to get to the ocean. The three are also being chased by a dragon hunter and Imperial Guards. Throughout their journey throughout Ancient China they also must keep track of a dragon stone which is important to the dragon's legacy. While this book had a slow beginning the rest of the bbook kept you wanting more. This book is very exciting. I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Had gotten this at a book sale. The cover caught my eye as the title. And as I love dragons, this sounded like a good read. A girl helps saves a dragon, escapes from a bad life and goes on an adventure that includes a friend in the form of a rat. Along the way she meets those she thought were friends, good and bad. All while, protecting a dragon stone, with a purpose she isn't sure of and must get to the ocean as soon as possible. A really good read. Didn't know there was more in the series. Might read the other books. Though its been a while since I last read this one.
LivingPeacefully More than 1 year ago
In Ancient China, a young slave girl suffers the abuse of her cruel master, making do with what she can scavange, her life looks rather bleak until the last remaining Imperial dragon makes an escape, taking her with him. Finding herself on a journey she never imagined and finally with a name to call her own, Ping agrees to help Danzi reach Ocean with his precious dragon stone. Faced with foes and falsely feared as a sorceress, Ping must use her creativity and cunningness to save them from enemies. Along the way, she not only learns from the ancient dragon, but finds herself and her own power as she learns that she is truly the last Dragon Keeper. Carole Wilkinson's Dragon Keeper is a hit with the young dragon loving audiences, but more importantly it showcases a strong female lead, something often not seen in popular children's books and rarely in such a traditional male role, as the book discusses. I enjoyed reading the book with my children almost as much as they enjoyed listening. Many discussions ensued regarding Ancient China, Chinese culture, and the role of girls.
Liam-Doc More than 1 year ago
This story is based in ancient China, during the Han Dynasty. A slave girl named Ping saves the life of an aging dragon and escapes her master that she abhors. chased by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon make an epic journey across China carrying a mysterious stone that must be protected. This is the story of a young slave girl who believes she is not worthy of a name but finds internally the strength and courage to make this journey. This outstanding book was written by award-winning author Carole Wilkinson. All the detail that is used in this book paints vivid pictures in your head of the scenery and characters. The Dragon Keeper has won these awards: 2004 Children¿s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, 2004 Queensland Premier¿s Literary Award, 2003 Aurealis Award, and Shortlisted 2004 NSW Premier¿s Literary Award. The Dragon Keeper has two sequels, Garden of the Purple Dragon and Dragon Moon, which I will be reading in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is a must read one of a kind adventure. It is about a girl Named Ping Her Dragon,Danzi And her mouse Hua They Want to Get To the ocean For its magical Powers
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dragon Keeper is about a dragon and a run away servant in China. The servant is running away from a dragon hunter hunting the dragon that is with the servant. The two must reach the ocean so that the old dragon can replenish his powers and health before he is slain by the greedy dragon hunter. Although this story is fictional, it pulls you right into it making you think you're really there with the two travelers. If you like Eragon and Eldest you will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always had trouble getting my son to read.Picked up this book for my son's AR requirements for school hoping I would not have to pull his teeth to read this book.He really connected with the book and looks forward to reading the other books by this writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It didn't tell me what the book was about from the back or inside on the left but then as I started to read it I slowly started to figure out what this book was all about. Slave girl no name later found name saves a dragon, escapes suffering life and goes on an adventure with her dear rat friend thus meeting friends and some who she thought were her friends all the while protecting a dragon stone with an unknown purpose including having to get to the Ocean all at the same time. What I liked about this was how the author adds in Chinese folklore and the dragon Danzi's wisdom that helps out the confused former slave Ping on her adventurious journey.